This year, we are encouraging you to choose the planet to be your valentine!
After all, who else loves and looks after us so well – giving us air to breath, water to drink, food to eat and all the materials for anything we could possibly want. Plus, oceans and rivers to swim, mountains to walk, forests to bathe, trees to climb and gardens to enjoy.
How can we start to return that love? Gift the planet 15 trees ($72.00) this Valentine’s Day.
There are a couple of ways to purchase:
- Purchase 15 trees via direct deposit to – Fifteen Trees / Bendigo Bank / BSB 633 000/ Account 137 687 554. Please ensure you make a note that the trees are a valentine’s gift to the planet.
- Purchase 15 trees via credit card (PayPal). Please note you do not have to be a PayPal subscriber to use this secure site.
Once the campaign finishes (Monday February 15th), we will tally the trees and arrange for them to be planted. Then, this blogpost will be updated with photos of the trees, a short narrative from the planting group, plus we’ll include the names of those who have purchased trees. Everyone will receive an update on the trees via email.
Please don’t forget to leave a love note to the planet in the comment section below. We will be publishing your notes over on our socials and reading them aloud to the planet on Valentine’s Day.
Here are 5 more ways to love the planet (and your partner) this Valentine’s Day.
1. TRY A VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN MEAL
Cutting down on meat and dairy products can significantly reduce your environmental impact on the planet. Meat and dairy uses 83% of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. A vegan diet is the biggest way to reduce your impact on the planet, reducing not just greenhouse gases, but also global acidification, land use, and water use. This Valentine’s is an excellent time to try out a vegetarian or vegan meal, to show love for your planet as well as your partner.
2. USE LOCALLY SOURCED PRODUCE
Use local and seasonal produce, which tastes better and is better for the economy and environment. Seasonal food can grow without the use of pesticides and genetic modifications, which are damaging both for the environment and our health. In addition, locally produced food reduces the ‘food mileage’ of importing food, further reducing the damage to the environment. Find some new, exciting recipes that make use of your local, seasonal produce and enjoy a fresh and flavoursome meal, whilst helping the planet at the same time!
3. PRESENCE OVER PRESENTS
There is no better way to reaffirm your relationship and show your love for your partner than by enjoying an experience with them. Shared experiences can strengthen your relationship and leave you with special memories that will last much longer than presents. Experiences don’t have to be expensive, they can be as simple as a romantic walk, a candle-lit picnic, or a massage. The most important thing is that you get to spend distraction-free time with your partner to enjoy each other’s company and consolidate your love.
4. REPLACE CHOCOLATE BOXES WITH HOMEMADE TREATS
If it must be chocolates (this is me), remember that boxes of chocolate, with layers of plastic packaging, are a nightmare for the environment. If your partner has a sweet tooth, why not try making your own sweet treats at home. Use locally sourced ingredients where possible, and make sure to use sustainably sourced, Fair Trade chocolate. This way you can give a thoughtful and yummy gift without harming the planet.
5. MAKE A HOMEMADE CARD
Regardless of your artistic ability, a home-made card is a really sweet gesture that demonstrates more time and effort than a store-bought card. You can get creative with old magazines and newspapers, or tickets and receipts from special days out. This is a great way to repurpose old paper and give a more heartfelt and memorable card to the person you love. No one gets love letters anymore, but they are so much more special than a generic card. Take the time to write down everything you love about your partner (on recycled paper!) to give them a truly personal message of love. This thoughtful gesture will most likely be treasured and kept for much longer than a store-bought card and will show your loved one how much you really care.
6. RETHINK THE BOUGHT FLOWERS
Nothing says romance like a beautiful bouquet of red roses, however the environmental consequences of cut flowers has a less than loving impact on the planet. Flowers almost never come from local garden centres: 80% of all roses come from South America or Africa. This means energy-consuming chilled warehouse storage, refrigerated truck transportation and carbon emitting air travel. The huge demand for flowers on holidays like Valentine’s Day results in the extensive use of toxic chemicals like insecticides and herbicides to maximise output, which is damaging for both the environment and the unprotected workers. Bouquets usually come wrapped in plastic cellophane, and, unless properly composted, the short-lived flowers often end up decomposing in a landfill. Is all this worth the one week your flowers look pretty in a vase? Definitely not. Instead, why don’t you give a potted plant or flowers from your garden (or a neighbours).
Thank you to Earth Collective for some of these suggestions.
Sláinte – Colleen
Colleen Filippa | Director + Founder | Fifteen Trees